The account of the "dispute" these Afghan guards had with the Australian troops doesn't ring true. It is much more likely that they were more Taliban infiltrators, like so many of their brethren who have turned and fired upon the NATO troops who were training and paying them.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Twenty Afghan guards for the NATO-led Australian forces defected to the Taliban after a dispute with the soldiers in southern Afghanistan, police said Wednesday.
"The Australian soldiers beat the Afghan guards after some verbal disputes in a military camp in Charchino district of Uruzgan province," district police chief Wali Dad said.
Wildly unlikely that "the Australian soldier beat the Afghan guards," given the Western nations' thoroughly dhimmi rules of engagement. And which side are you on, Wali Dad?
The angry guards set the security towers on fire and defected to the Taliban, taking weapons and ammunition, he said.
The defection occurred two days after a police chief and 12 of his men took weapons and joined the Taliban in western Farah province.
Did someone beat them, too, or did they just return to those who always had their loyalty?